Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) is an official document meant for overall Quality Control and Assurance of Pharmaceutical products marketed in India by way of contributing on their safety, efficacy and affordability. IP contains a collection of authoritative procedures of analysis and specifications for Drugs. The IP, or any part of it, has got legal status under the Second Schedule of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 there under.
IP prescribes standards for identity, purity and strength of drugs essentially required from health care perspective of human beings and animals. IP standards are authoritative in nature. They are enforced by the Regulatory authorities for quality control of medicines in India. During Quality Assurance and at the time of dispute in the court of law the IP standards are legally acceptable.
History of Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP):
The history of the IP began in the year 1833 when a committee of the East Indian Company’s Dispensary recommended the Publication a Pharmacopoeia and Bengal Pharmacopoeia and General Conspectus of Medicinal Plants was published in 1844, which mainly listed most of the commonly used indigenous remedies. This was followed by IP 1868, which covered both the drugs of British Pharmacopoeia (BP) 1867 and indigenous drugs used in India, with a supplement published in 1869 incorporating the vernacular names of indigenous drugs and plants. However, from 1885 the BP was made official in India. A drug Enquiry Committee appointed in 1927 by the government recommended the publication of a National Pharmacopoeia.
After independence, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Committee was constituted in 1948, for publication of IP as its main function. The Indian Pharmacopoeia editions are as follows: -
1.Indian Pharmacopoeia 1955 - First edition, followed by supplement in 1960;
2.Indian Pharmacopoeia 1966 - Second edition, followed by supplement in 1975;
3.Indian Pharmacopoeia 1985 - Third edition, followed by its addendum in 1989 and 1991;
4.Indian Pharmacopoeia 1996 - Fourth edition, followed by its addendum 2000, supplement 2000 for Veterinary Products, addendum 2002 and addendum 2005;
5.Indian Pharmacopoeia 2007 - Fifth edition, followed by addendum 2008;
6.Indian Pharmacopoeia 2010 - Six edition, followed by its addendum 2012; and
7.DVD of Indian Pharmacopoeia 2010
8.Indian Pharmacopoeia 2014 with DVD - Seventh edition
Procurement of Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP):Procurement of Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP):
I. IPC Secretariat:
The IP 2014 (in 04 volumes) alongwith DVD can be procured from the office of the Secretary-cum-Scientific Director, IP Commission at CIPL Campus, Raj Nagar, Sector 23, Ghaziabad 201 002 (UP)through Demand Draft @ Rs. 25000/- (Rupees Twenty five thousand only) issued in favour of "Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission" payable at Ghaziabad.
II. Other Distribution Centres:
(1) M/sEducational Book Centre
133, Gala Complex, Din DayalUpadhyay Road,
Phone :- + 91-22-2560 3324 Fax:- 91-22- 25685341
(2)M/s Educational Book Agency (India),
5-D , Kamla Nagar,
New Delhi-110 007
Phone : 23844216, 41530228
Fax: 011-23842077, Mobile:- 9811672690
(3)M/s Pharma Book Syndicate,
4-3-375, Ansuya Bhawan Opp.Lane to Central Bank,
Bank Street, Hyderabad-500095.
Phone:- 23445666, 23445622, 23445644,
Fax:- 040- 23445611